What this dangerously delusional “pastor” says about Jews and LGBTQ folks is beyond the pale. That Ireland had the good sense to bar his entry into their country is one blow against the normalization of this lunatic’s beliefs. Anderson is a dangerous and mentally unbalanced man, and his having a stage to spout his nonsense is akin to a patron yelling FIRE in a crowded theater. And remember, Anderson’s “church” pays NO taxes, rather we the taxpayers subsidize his bullshit.
The party of zero empathy (yes, I mean those people, the GOP) cares nothing about the welfare of people beyond the end of their own nose. Except, of course, when they can wield their pious acrimony toward the LGBTQ community. It is at this community that they suddenly defy logic and data by screaming that LGBTQ folks must be kept as Less Than Us. Rights afforded others must be denied because, well, if not then someone out there will suffer harm by some homo somewhere. It’s all very nebulous, but we’re to believe that to grant any parity of law to LGBT Americans will result in harm to someone out there. Blah blah blah bullshit.
I cannot help but wonder how much is wasted in this ongoing struggle for equality. Wasted in terms of emotions, energy, and, yes, money. All three of these expenditures could be spent elsewhere. As regards just money, the list is long: food for the poor, health care for all, salaries commensurate with a teacher’s worth, etc. Yet here we are on any given day, with the same struggle before us. Those that perpetuate the hate most often use religion as the weapon to demonize gays and at the same time instill fear among their flock.
These people that are goaded into voting anti-LGBTQ often know someone personally that is gay. When asked, they sometimes reply that they don’t mean it to be personal. But what the hell is voting against a whole community to the people who make up that community? It is personal. The truth is, these voters that would deny rights simply do not care so long as they have their rights. It’s that whole empathy thing again, with cruelty and selfishness thrown into the mix – for good measure, I suppose.
The cycle of waste and ruin continues unabated. For every Tony Perkins and Franklin Graham, there is in the wings hoards of like-minded ‘Christians’ ready to take their place of the need should arise. It’s what they know. It’s what they do.
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